The number one reason veteran homeschool moms burn out or give up is because they try to do school at home. What is the 1st mistake many new homeschooling moms make? It is trying to replicate traditional school at home.
Why do we try to model our home education after the very thing we are trying to escape?
Don’t do school at home.
Think outside the box.
Let’s do “school” differently this year.
This week, I share how to think outside the box and how to get out of the classroom . If you are new to homeschooling, you will need this reassurance and encouragement to help change your mindset. If you are a seasoned homeschooling mom, you probably need these important reminders as you plan your next school year.
Pour yourself a cup of coffee, put your feet up, and join me for a little coffee break. Make sure you listen to next week’s “Out of the Box” Part 2!
This month, many moms are also planning for the new school year. This is a perfect time to read this chapter (and actually the entire book)! It will encourage you, inspire you, and help you prepare.
This week’s podcast is a little preview of the book. After listening to this week’s Coffee With Carrie episode, I’m sure you will want to read the rest ofJust Breathe . If you have already read my book, Just Breathe, then take a listen anyway. It’s a great reminder ( and as I read Chapter 12, I insert extra commentary and little tidbits along the way.)
You don’t need all of the bells and whistles to homeschool. Less really is more and simple is always better. If you are looking for ways to simplify your homeschooling, to focus on what is really important, and to get more done by doing less this coming school year, then join me for this week’s little coffee break.
Join me and a few homeschooling friends who have “been there, done that” with regards to homeschooling the high school years! My CWC Online July Workshop: “Homeschool High School: Let’s Plan” filled up so quickly, many of you asked for another one. So let’s talk homeschooling high school tonight!
JOIN ME tonight, AUGUST 3RD on Instagram at 6:00!
**Make sure you follow my IG account, @coffeewithcarrieconsultant, and turn on the notifications. This way you are notified when a podcast is dropped, when I go LIVE, or when I add a few coffee memes to my story.**
Kid Friendly cookbook and draw full of mom-approved cooking utensils: Our favorite is The Forest Feast for Kids by Erin Gleeson. It’s a huge time saver when kids can make their own breakfast or cook lunch for the entire family.
Sheet Page Protectors: Insert worksheets your child does for practice each day (maps, handwriting practice, etc). It says on printing.
Lots and lots of all kinds of paper- lined, blank, colored, construction, cardstock, origami, craft- you name it! You will need it one day when you least expect it.
Desktop printer- Get a quality one so you don’t spend an arm and a leg replacing ink all of the time
High Quality Pencils – preferably mechanical. No sharpeners needed (You can never find them when you need them)
Different sized baskets- one for your teaching guides/planner, one for each child’s independent work, one for morning basket supplies, one for general school supplies, one for books borrowed from the library, and a few others for games, books, and catch alls
Piles and piles of index cards- lined, blank and colored
Space to display art work (and/or educational posters)
Top Secret Adventures by Highlight: Monthly subscription which focuses on a particular country each month. It is by Highlight so tons of puzzles and riddles included each week as the reader tries to solve a mystery in each country.
** I do not recommend math curriculum because it really depends on your child’s learning style and your budget.**. My favorites: Saxon, Teaching Textbooks, Math-U-See, Life with Fred, and Mathematical Reasoning (from Critical Thinking Publishers)
And this past year has been filled with encouraging messages from you, wonderful reviews on Amazon, pictures of you reading my book on the beach, recommendations on Instagram and Facebook, and moms discussing my book in their book clubs. I still find it quite weird signing my book but I am always humbled by the request.
I well up with tears when I read your messages that say my book has changed your homeschooling or it has has helped change your relationship with your kiddos.
💜 Thank you for loving my book!
💜 Thank you for loving me (warts and all)!
💜 I love you back!
Thanks for celebrating Just Breathe’s ONE YEAR PUBLICATION ANNIVERSARY with us! As a way to say “Thank You,” we are having a special GIVEAWAY! Check out my IG account @coffeewithcarrieconsultant to enter. We are giving away my book to FIVE homeschooling moms! If you haven’t read the book, enter to win a copy! If you have read the book, then enter to give the book as a gift.
PS. Would you like to give my book and I an anniversary present? If so, we would love to get 100 reviews on Amazon. Have you left one yet? Thanks in advance for the positive review and the 5 Star Rating!